Early access to KiwiSaver

May 4, 2021

KiwiSaver rules now guarantee that people with four life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early.

The four conditions are Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. An alternative withdrawal process is available for those with other congenital life-shortening conditions.

Announcing the move at IHC National Office in February, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark praised Tim Fairhall and his mother Joan for their advocacy, which led to the law change in 2019.

The change took effect on 26 March 2021. Tim has Down syndrome and wants to use his KiwiSaver money to travel while he can.

Caption: It was the advocacy of Tim Fairhall and his mother Joan that led to the law change.